May 31 & June 1 at Cowee School in Franklin, NC
We’re thrilled to host this year’s 2024 Bartram Trail Conference here in gorgeous Cowee, in the heart of Western North Carolina. We hope you’ll join us unique blend of sharing local arts, cultural history, and some wonderful outdoor activities, all inspired by William Bartram’s incredible journey through this very region.
The Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy is putting together a great lineup of engaging speakers and activities to immerse attendees in the spirit of William Bartram’s Travels in this area.
So, whether you’re here to soak up some knowledge, experience the local heritage, or just enjoy the stunning landscapes of Western North Carolina, we’re sure you’ll find something that sparks your interest. Walk in Bartram’s footsteps with us in this special place we call home, where history and nature come alive!
About the Conference
Exploring the Legacy of William Bartram
Join us at the 2024 Bartram Trail Conference to connect with the enduring legacy of William Bartram, the pioneering naturalist who explored these lands over two centuries ago. Our conference aims to blend historical insights, cultural richness, and the beauty of outdoor exploration, all with the landscapes that captivated Bartram himself.
As an attendee, you’ll dive into a world where past and present intersect. Expect fascinating presentations from authors, experts, and enthusiasts. Experience guided outdoor adventures that mirror Bartram’s own journeys.
Whether you’re enjoy history, nature, or cultural preservation, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation of Bartram’s contributions and a renewed connection to the natural world. Prepare for an experience that’s as educational as it is inspiring, set in the heart of the landscapes that Bartram so vividly documented.
Sub-heading: When and Where
- Date and Time: May 31 & June 1, 2024
- Location: Cowee School, 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, NC, 28734
- Map and Directions: Link to Google Maps
Schedule Overview (More Details Coming Soon)
- Thursday (5/30): Bartram Trail Conference Beer Release and Film Screening at Lazy Hiker Brewing
- Friday (5/31): Registration, Sign-in, Reception and Social Hour with beverages and hors d’oeuvres
- Saturday (6/1): Breakfast, Speakers, Lunch, Guided Tours, Social Hour, Dinner with Keynote Speaker
- Sunday (6/2): Little Tennessee River Kayaking provided by Alarka Expeditions
Speakers and Guests
Meet Our Esteemed Speakers (To be Announced)
Details about speakers and special guests will be announced soon.
Secure Your Spot (Opening Soon)
Official registration will open soon. You can early-RSVP to receive conference updates as soon as they are announced. Click here to RSVP.
Accommodations and Travel
Plan Your Stay
Information about nearby accommodations and travel tips for those coming from out of town with be made available soon!
Explore Franklin and Macon County
Plan a longer trip around the conference schedule and enjoy some of the best that Western North Carolina has to offer.
Hike the Bartram National Recreational Trail – Our namesake trail traverses 112+ miles from the Chattooga River in North Georgia to its terminus at Cheoah Bald in the Nantahala National Forest. Let us know and we’ll connect you with one of our members, volunteers or hike leaders to show you the best of the Bartram Trail.
Stroll along the Little Tennessee River Greenway – This is a 6+ mile trail, mostly paved, that follows the Little Tennessee River. Great to spend a day with gardens, diverse trees and plants, birds, and lovely views. You’ll also walk a portion of the Bartram Trail that is shared with the Greenway.
Continue On Main Street, Franklin – After walking along the river, continue up Main Street to browse the unique mountain shops, Gem Museum, and grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s restaurants. Guess what? You’ll be walking on the Bartram Trail while on Main Street as well!
Head Out and Up to Wayah Bald – Here you’ll find some of the most spectacular views of Western North Carolina. From the tower, you’re overlooking Franklin and the surrounding Nantahala National Forest. The fire-tower provides a great vantage point for ridge-spotting. You’ll also find prominent trailheads to both the Bartram Trail and Appalachian Trail here, to enjoy a day hike.
Let us know if you’ll be in town before or after the conference. We’re happy to recommend more ideas on how to spend your time here in Western North Carolina.
Frequently Asked Questions
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